Our Father in Heaven

  Can I go outside and play? Dad can I go outside? Dad, dad, huh dad, can I go outside? I remember as a kid trying to get my father’s attention when he was watching a football game. My dad’s gaze was fixated on the teams playing, without regard for me request. My dad would […]

Lost and Found

I remember the time that I got lost. It was during Christmas time and  my mother and I were in the mall looking for Christmas presents. We were in a store and I somehow wondered off. As a child I was not to overly worried, I looked up and down the mall for my mother […]

Jesus as the Sanctuary

Read John 2:19–21. Why is Jesus’ body compared to the temple? See also John 1:14. He loves me, he loves me not…… This was a game where a person alternates the phrases “He (or she) loves me,” and “He loves me not,” While picking off for each phrase. The last petal supposedly represents the truth […]

A Promise of Restoration

Read Hosea 2. What is God’s basic message to His people here? How is the gospel revealed in this chapter? God is definitely disgusted by the harlotry that Israel is committing. The metaphor of marriage is probably the best way to describe our relationship with Christ. First, marriage is a choice (well at least in […]

Tough Love

According to Matthew 18:15-17, how is the church supposed to treat a person who has been disfellowshiped? In Matthew 18:15-17 is outlined a process to remedy conflict between Christians. If something cant be resolved between the two believers the passage instructs us to bring another believer. Finally if the person who is at fault does […]

A Prayer of Thanks (1 Thess. 1:1-3)

Read 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3. For what things are Paul, Silas, and Timothy giving thanks? What do these things mean in a practical sense? That is, how would they be manifested in daily life? For example, how is the “work of faith” expressed in how we live? Paul and Silas are giving thanks for the Thessalonians. […]

Persecutor of Christians

 Read Acts 6:9–15. What charges were brought against Stephen? What do these charges remind you of? (See also Matt. 26:59–61.) Stephen was charged with speaking blasphemy against Moses and God ( Acts 6:11). Stephen was also accused of speaking against the temple and against the law. The Jews  from the Synagogue of the Freedmen felt threatened by […]

Love Conquers All

In the midst of his discourse to the Corinthians and all their problems, Paul gives them the famous chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. What is the essential message here? More important, how can we apply this to our lives and worship today? Fundamentally Christianity is a message of love.  No matter how much knowledge or culture we may […]

Breastplate of Judgment

  Read Exodus 28:15–30. What is the meaning of the different stones? What does it mean that the priest would “bear the names of the sons of Israel upon his heart?” (vs. 29; see also Rev. 21:12–14). The scriptures declare to us in verse 21 “There are to be twelve stones, one for each of […]

What God Sees

Wednesday’s Lesson – What God sees Read Luke 15. What should that one chapter alone tell us about our worth to God? How should this impact our own sense of self-esteem? What do these parables tell us about what God thinks of us? Why is this so important to know and to keep before us? […]

Repaying Evil With Blessings

Monday’s Lesson – Repaying Evil With Blessings What is the true intent of 1 Peter 3:8–12? What are some of the immediate ways you can apply these principles to your own life? We live in a world which is filled with evil. Christians are confronted with this evil each and every single day. When this […]

Positive Emotions

Monday’s Lesson – Positive Emotions Read Galatians 5:22. How should the fruit of the Spirit make a difference in the way people experience life? Possessing God’s Spirit brings love. How would life be different if we understood and possessed genuine love in our hearts. Many are in search of love and many claim to have […]

Negative Emotions

Sunday’s Lesson – Negative Emotions Read 2 Samuel 13, a story packed with adverse emotional experiences. In the midst of this turmoil, people ended up inflicting much physical and emotional pain on each other. The consequences of their behavior touched the entire royal family, impacting even future generations. What emotional states can be identified in […]

Learning Firsthand

Read 2 Kings 4:8–17. What is Gehazi’s role in the narration? What opportunities is Elisha giving Gehazi Gehazi initially is playing the role as a spokesperson for Elisha. Gehazi is entrusted with the responsibility of calling forth the Shunammite woman and bringing her before Elisha. Elisha would like to thank the woman for her kindness […]

The Weak Brother

Sunday’s Lesson – The Weaker Brother What principle should we take, then, from Romans 14:1–3? Paul first asserts that we should accept the brother who is weaker in faith. This acceptance of the brother should not simply be an acceptance for the purpose of passing judgement on his opinions. This acceptance should not be a […]

Love in Action (Luke 10:25-37)

In yesterday’s lesson, we talked about the question of Who is my enemy? Today the question is, Who is my neighbor? How does Jesus, in Luke 10:25-37, answer that for us? How does this parable tie into the whole question of what true love is? Also, as you read this parable, ask the question, Why […]

The Test of Love (Matt. 5:43-48)

Read Matthew 5:43-48 and then paraphrase in your own words what Jesus said. What’s the main point Jesus is telling us about love?&nbsp&nbsp &nbsp&nbsp Love asks you to do those things which are difficult to those &nbsp&nbsp who do not love you. Love is not love when it is only shown&nbsp&nbsp to those who give […]

What Love Does (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Look at each individual aspect of what love is and ask, How can I apply these principles in my own home?&nbsp&nbsp Love is patient&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp Often times we find ourselves losing our patience in different&nbsp&nbsp situations. To keep our patience we may need to pause take a&nbsp&nbsp deep breath and ask God’s […]

Love Is Multidimensional (Deut. 6:5)

Read Matthew 7:12 and Matthew 22:39. What’s the important point these texts make? How is this essential to the whole concept of love?&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp The second half of the commandments deal with the way that we should &nbsp&nbsp treat each other. These commandments can be summarized by loving&nbsp&nbsp our neighbors as ourselves and treating them how […]